OK, so here’s the scenario: make a hit movie. Then, make a sequel 18 years later after one of the two main characters has died…so get someone else to take over for him. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, doesn’t it? that’s certainly what I thought, and since I love the first movie, The Blues Brothers, I wasn’t going anywhere near what I thought would be a real stinkeroo (I see enough of those as it is without needing to add more…)
But Art-who-is-always-right said, no, it’s really good and it’s really funny, and the music is great. And of course, being Art, he was right.
This one has pretty much the same plot as the last one- the band is gathered together in bits and pieces and travels across the country doing gigs and collecting groups of wackos that want to kill them. Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) and the Blues Brothers band are joined by a bartender, a kid from an orphanage, and finally the commander of he police that are chasing the group.
And it works. Really, really well. It’s a little more outrageously wierd than the last movie (even without Carrie Fisher firing off heavy weapons at them) but it works. One of the nice things about it is that John Belushi’s death is acknowledged, rather than pretending that he never existed…that made it much more believeable for having the same guys running around together 18 years later: time passed for them between movies too, and none of them are pretending that they’re still in their thirties…or even forties, in many cases.
The music, though, that’s what’s important, and it’s good. Worth watching for that alone, but you’ll find yourself laughing over the story and characters as well.
And Ghost Riders in the Sky…you HAVE to see that, what fun!
There were so many ways that this one could have been terrible…and it’s GREAT. Rent it, buy it, love it.